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An oldie but a goodie to start the new page: my very first Orient '7A38' - a J39601-70 purchased from German collector Kurt, 7½ years ago. Here's where I wrote about it on the RLT forum at the time: My Newest Incoming 7A38 - Sorry- Orient J39...



Damn ! I hadn't worn this one in ages and didn't wind the date on quite far enough ! :mad:

Just to show you that I'm fallible (and a stickler for my own 'rules') here's another Q&D photo with the correct date showing. ;)


September 26, 2017 at 5:35 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I was hoping that Anthony Cable's latest compilation of Case Material Codes might shed some light on the IPA(+GP) case-back stamping. Alas not in this case. :(  I put that Orient back in the collection box and started picking out other similar gunmetal coloured watches, to see how many I had with this same 'unknown' case material stamping. Got as far as six - and this almost mint Puma Y19201-70 and found it needed a new battery. Another one. :o Seem to spend all my time replacing batteries lately. :roll:



September 26, 2017 at 9:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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My newest incoming 7A38-701B 'Victor' - all the way from Valencia, Venezuela in a suitably bright yellow DHL package. :)




Why 'Victor' and not 'Vulcan' ? :| 'Cos it says so on the clasp ! :P




May the V-Force be with you. 


September 27, 2017 at 6:34 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I tell a lie. :P That's not quite my latest incoming Latin American 7A38. This is: a ZFM 7A38-7285 locally manufactured in Brazil.

At first glance, it may look just like any old common-or-garden two-tone 7A38-7280 - but note the lack of JAPAN printed at the bottom left of the dial. There's more too it besides that (and the ZFM stampings on the case-back). The bracelet might look like the familiar Seiko p/n B1627C, but it's not. It's something similar-appearing that was obviously locally produced: stamped with the p/n A106 on the spring bar fixing tubes and IND.BRAS. on the inside of the Z-fold of the clasp. The clasp itself is something different again - with 6 pairs of adjustment holes, rather than the short non-adjustable clasp found on unmolested 7A38-728X's. I strongly believe it's the original fitment too. :)



September 27, 2017 at 9:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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Paul, congrat´s to the 7A38-701B. It looks great. If Victor would know who is the owner of the watch now, I guess he would be pleased. :)


Walking with my dog on the Swabian Alb with the 7A28-7040


September 27, 2017 at 10:52 AM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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gufi, great shot of your 7040  :)    Here is shot of my Seiko 7A28-7039 from March 1983        

September 30, 2017 at 2:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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Thanks a lot, donwatch. That´s a very nice example of a 7A28-703B; excellent condition.


Here is a first pic of my newly acquired 7A38-6050. I´m sorry for the bad quality, but the watch is very hard to photograph because of the reflections of the domed crystal. It needs some more cleaning and polishing. Right now I wear it with the bracelet of a 7A38-7080 until I buy something else. I think a black bracelet looks best.

edit: I´m sorry for the wrong setting of the day. It should have been Sunday ...


October 1, 2017 at 6:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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One more time my "new" 7A38-6050; now with correct day and date. ;)



October 3, 2017 at 5:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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OK…not a word about the ruffled sleeve. :o I'm in a tuxedo with tails and a top hat for the opening of The Haunted Museum here in Vegas. I needed a small thin watch to fit under the cuff and my 7A48-7020 fitted the bill. :)

And sorry about the reflection, but that domed crystal as we all know is a bugger to photograph. :/



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Paul in Vegas.  8)

October 4, 2017 at 2:43 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Yes, reflections from domed crystals can be a real pain in the arse wrong lighting conditions. Thankfully I get plenty of practice. 8)

Yema Spationaute III Aragatz 'Grande Blue' on Fleurus blue shark strap. Not a hint of a reflection on a dull overcast day like today.



Incidentally, last weekend I finally finished working my way back through the 70 pages of this thread, removing all the PhotoBucket ransomware placeholders (250 plus) and reinstating the original posters' photos. There were a few [in quotes] that I couldn't fix, but I can happily say this thread is now 99% whole again. Not sure which thread I'm going to tackle next, or if there's really a need. :/

For those who weren't aware of 'the latest PB fix' you might want to read this thread in the Members' Lounge section;)


October 7, 2017 at 9:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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Franken time, Seiko 7A38-706A case with a 7A38-7270 black dial movement. A nice combo back on a US Military issue one piece watchband.

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Paul in Vegas.  8)

October 11, 2017 at 2:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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Great shirt, Paul. 8)


Hangin´ around on another forum wearing my 7A38-7000. ;)



October 11, 2017 at 6:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

James In London
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Hi All;


My JDM version of the so called 'Ripley" chronograph, 7A28-7000

October 11, 2017 at 7:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

PHK
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Yema time for me, N8 1X26. I went back to the original leather strap and I've had three people comment and say they like the watch. :)



With the black one piece I had it on, nobody noticed. :(

Gufi, only in Vegas can you get away with ruffled shirts. :D

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Paul in Vegas.  8)

October 12, 2017 at 2:38 AM Flag Quote & Reply

gufi
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7A38-6050 with a new strap. It´s a polyurethane link bracelet, featherlight and very comfortable. :) I think it suits the watch well.



October 12, 2017 at 7:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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So, having been down for something over 75 hours - since late Friday afternoon, all through the weekend and most of today, the forum is finally back up again. :roll: As you can see, it's currently a mess - having reverted to the stupidly narrow page widths, with blank sidebars. :mad:

FWIW, this is the wrist shot I would have posted on Friday 13th, had I been able to access the forum. It's my 7A38-7290 - Black to match the colour of my mood. :(




I wrote a blog update this morning, the first one in a very long time, which I doubt many of you will have seen, because it still isn't showing up as an update in the sidebars. :roll: Its title is The End of an Era. Please read and digest. Comments are disabled. Please do not respond to it in this thread either.


October 16, 2017 at 3:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Wearing a big ugly bruiser of a 7A38 today - my stainless 7A38-6020 'beater'.



October 20, 2017 at 8:52 AM Flag Quote & Reply

g.creed
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I won't call it ugly but it does have style. In the meantime let me introduce my ULTRA RARE ITALIAN MARKET MODEL




Just kidding. It's even better. It is my own very first franken. Hope you like it.

Case 7A28-6050 and dial 7A28-7130.


October 23, 2017 at 5:35 PM Flag Quote & Reply

g.creed
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i know it's not a 7A but it is the little/small sister of the 7A38-6020. and strangely, at 39,36mm, on paper, it is not a small watch
October 24, 2017 at 1:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

g.creed
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Don't you think that this watch has a giugiaro's flavor?

October 24, 2017 at 1:51 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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